Writers, directors, and artists all put a lot of work into designing awesome characters that nerds will obsess over. Sometimes this works and you make a cool space wizard like Darth Vader, other times you screw up and make a whiny emo teen like Anakin Skywalker. Fans are fickle like that: sometimes there's no explaining what makes a character worth talking about. For example: here are 7 extremely minor characters that nerds deemed obsession-worthy.
7) Youngster Joey (Pokemon)
Youngster Joey is the first trainer you battle in Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal after your Rival. In case you haven't heard, he's got a Rattata. Did you know that his super cool Rattata is in the top percentage of Rattatas? Yes? Doesn't matter, he'll keep phoning you and feeding you the same line of BS about how special his Rattata is again and again for the rest of the game, no matter how many times you and your team of elemental murder-beasts pound his dumb little rat into pudding.
Listen kid, your Rattata's not special. And since you never bothered to catch another Pokemon to back it up in battle, I'm pretty sure it hates you, too. After countless players were subjected to Youngster Joey's inane, semi-grammatical prattling, "My Rattata is in the top percentage of Rattatas" became a widespread meme online, proving that the internet loves mentally-handicapped pokemon trainers, or that it just hates itself. Maybe both.
6) Joseph Frost (Resident Evil)
Joseph has the dubious honor of being the first person you see die in the original Resident Evil. Your helicopter lands in the forest outside the Spencer Mansion, everyone walks around for a little bit, then Joseph gets eaten by a dog. The guy doesn't even make it through the opening cutscene. In a game full of zombie-fodder teammates, Joseph is arguably the suckiest.
But that doesn't stop people from inexplicably falling in love with him. While not as famous as the others on our list, Joseph is notable for just how far his fans had to reach to come up with any info about the guy. A quick YouTube search for "Joseph Frost" shows about a page of tributes featuring terrible pop songs over poorly drawn caricatures. Since we learn literally nothing about him in the 5 seconds he's alive during Resident Evil, we can assume that people think he's cool because he wears a bandana. To be fair, it is a sweet bandana.
5) Hypnotoad (Futurama)
Hypnotoad appeared only twice in Futurama's entire original run, once as an entrant in a pet competition who bent the judges to his indomitable amphibious will, and then again as the star of his own sitcom, Everybody Loves Hypnotoad (which consisted of nothing but Hypnotoad glaring at the audience for 22 minutes). Both appearances were, in true Futurama fashion, supremely weird and funny; they knew what they could get out of the Hypnotoad gag without running it into the ground. They left that part to the internet.
The simple insta-punchline of ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD is practically designed to be a meme, as is his pulsatingly-pupiled, poker-faced visage. This one joke has been repeated ad-nauseum online, to the point where one has to wonder: what is it about this character, a fat, slimy lump with the power to make everyone love him, that appeals to people on the interne- nevermind.